About Us

A locally owned and operated helicopter company in the lower North Island

Our Story

Everything Started in 2007

Established in 2007 Tararua Heliwork is a locally owned and operated company providing the highest level of safety, expertise and outstanding customer service.

Owned and operated by shareholders Alix and Janine Chittock, and Mike and Brenda Stephens, Tararua Heliwork operates two modern helicopters, an AS350 Squirrel and a Bell Jet Ranger 206, with an experienced and dedicated crew.

The Tararua Heliwork team provide services to commercial and agricultural sectors. Based in Pahiatua, we are renowned for precision work, ensuring safety is always paramount and customer requirements are always exceeded.  

At Tararua Heliwork we have strong working relationships with our clients, many of them spanning over a decade.  Developing these relationships is a crucial element to enable a better understanding of what is required and the best way for us to achieve outstanding results for everyone.

Here at Tararua Heliwork we take pride in our equipment and machinery, regularly certifying and maintaining our modern fleet.  We work hard to keep it well maintained to ensure that clients are getting the best possible service and that our staff are working with well maintained equipment.

All of our staff are passionate about what they do and with a combined 13,000 flying hours between pilots you know you are in good hands.  The team at Tararua Heliwork are highly trained to ensure they can provide our clients with the best experience and outcome. Not only are our staff fully qualified, they are also easy to talk to and very approachable, providing our clients with an experience they can walk away happy from.
Being local means a lot to the team at Tararua Heliwork and they are great supporters of all local and community events. Some of these events include The Alfredton Dog Trials, The Ponga-Roar, The annual Woodville Motocross Event and The Bush Rugby Club to name a few. Our clients can rest easy knowing that they are supporting a business who in return supports their community.

Agri Works
Scenic Flights
General day with Tararua Heliwork
Dannevirke Hanger

The perception that a “Can-do attitude is what is most important - no matter the risk” does not promote a safe environment.

Our Story

Flying is a Way of Life and not Just a Job

Why you should choose Tararua Heliwork for your next project or trip
  • Highly experienced helicopter pilots with over 13,000 hours
  • Regularly checked and maintained modern fleet
  • Exclusive landing sites in some of the region’s most spectacular areas
  • A lifetime of local knowledge ensures the job gets done efficiently

Our Crew

Our Pilots and Team of Friendly Professionals

Mike Stephens
Director, CEO
Brenda Stephens
Alix Chittock
Director, Chief Pilot
Janine Chittock
Director, Safety Manager
Dave Cooke
Brayden Stephens
Ground Crew
Toni Andersen
Ground Crew
Pete Wills
Equipment Manager
Vance Gemmell
Haiden Cairns
Ground Crew

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